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Richard (Dick) Benner, the recent editor/publisher of Canadian Mennonite , passed away on Nov. 4, 2017, at his home in Ruckersville, Va. Upon his retirement in March 2017, he... Read More
November 6, 2017
| Web First | Barb Draper

Chan Yang, Sue Kim and Caleb Yang provide an insight into their communal living arrangement during a recent service at Point Grey Inter-Mennonite Fellowship in Vancouver. (Photo courtesy of Henry Neufeld)

After 11 Koreans—two families plus two teenagers—began attending Point Grey in late 2016, interest in their intentional communal living was piqued. The 11, ranging in age from 11... Read More
November 1, 2017
| God at work in the Church | Henry Neufeld

Founding directors of the Mennonite Union Waisenamt represented three Mennonite conferences. To learn more, visit mtrust.net/history/. (Photo courtesy of Mennonite Trust Ltd.)

For many Saskatchewan Mennonites, the name Mennonite Trust is synonymous with wills and estate planning, but executive director Cory Regier is quick to point out that the company... Read More
November 1, 2017
| God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz

Jeremiah Ross (1909-2002), left, was a Cree from Cross Lake First Nation in Manitoba and a long-serving pastor of Elim Mennonite Church there. (Mennonite Church Canada file photo)

Among the many memories shared at a reunion of past and present Mennonite Church Canada Indigenous Relations workers, several included references to the late Jeremiah Ross (1909-... Read More
October 31, 2017
| Web First | Deborah Froese

Matt Falk, left, and Orlando Braun answer questions from the audience at the ‘Menno(comedy)nite’ in Abbotsford, B.C., on Sept. 30, 2017. (Photo by Amy Dueckman)

An advertised “evening of hilarity” on Sept. 30, 2017, delivered plenty of jokes, humour and laughs to delight the gathered audience at the Mennonite Historical Society of B.C-... Read More
October 30, 2017
| Web First | Amy Dueckman

Elgin Shantz gets the first piece of cake at Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship’s 175th-anniversary celebration. Watching him are Carolyn Baechler and Lisa Yantzi. (Photo by Erin Yantzi).

When Ed Snider left Kitchener to farm in the Hanover-Chesley area of southwestern Ontario, Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship, then known as the Weber Mennonite Church, was nearly... Read More
October 18, 2017
| God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky

Sylvia McAdam listens as Leah Gazan answers an audience member’s question about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

“My people don’t believe in coincidence,” Sylvia McAdam told her audience, “so you’re meant to be here today.” McAdam was speaking at a teach-in at St. Thomas More College in... Read More
October 18, 2017
| God at work in the World | Donna Schulz

Gord Enns leads a bicycle tour of five farms in the Osler, Sask., area that sell meat, vegetables, fruit and baked goods directly to consumers. (Photo courtesy of Gord Enns)

On a sunny Saturday in early September, 13 cyclists set out to explore the Local Food Trail near Osler, Sask. Gord Enns, who is executive director of the Saskatoon Food Council... Read More
October 18, 2017
| God at work in the World | Donna Schulz

B.C. Mennonites gather with a Menno Folk banner to march in the Walk for Truth and Reconciliation in Vancouver Sept. 24. (Photo courtesy of Garry Janzen)

The 2017 Walk for Reconciliation recognizing First Nations peoples drew an estimated 50,000 people in Vancouver on Sept. 24. Some two-dozen Mennonites from several Lower Mainland... Read More
October 18, 2017
| God at work in the World | Amy Dueckman

Ghada Ageel, a visiting professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta, grew up in a refugee camp in Gaza and still has many friends and family trapped there. (Photo by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld)

As a teenager, Ghada Ageel had heated debates with her grandmother at their home in the Khan Younis refugee camp in South Gaza. “I asked my grandmother many questions: Why didn’t... Read More
October 18, 2017
| God at work in the World | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Brandon Leis, the new music director for Menno Singers, in his studio in the Music Building at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Like most musicians and artists, Brandon Leis uses his gifts in many places and in many ways to make a living. Most recently, he was appointed as the new music director of the... Read More
October 18, 2017
| God at work in Us | Dave Rogalsky

Winnipeg teacher Justin Rempel is publishing his first book next year. (Photo by Aaron Epp).

Justin Rempel has been making up stories ever since he learned to write. The animals on his parents’ hobby farm near Gretna, Man., and the stories he heard while attending Sunday... Read More
October 18, 2017
| Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Andrea De Avila enjoys her role as associate pastor at Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church in Winnipeg. (Photo by Aaron Epp).

Ask Andrea De Avila when she first wanted to become a pastor and her answer is simple: “I didn’t.” While studying at Hesston College in Kansas, and Eastern Mennonite University (... Read More
October 18, 2017
| Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Drew Hart discusses his public presentation with Noramy Gonzalia Diaz, the youth worker at First Mennonite Church in Kitchener, during Rockway Mennonite Collegiate’s 2017 Spiritual Emphasis Week. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

“It’s taken us four hundred years to get to here,” said Drew Hart at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate’s 2017 Spiritual Emphasis Week, held over three days in late September 2017. The... Read More
October 16, 2017
| Web First | Dave Rogalsky

Craig Neufeld, standing, and Bruce Jantzen brainstorm ways of making the dream of ‘deeper spirituality’ a reality at MC Saskatchewan’s Refresh, Refocus, Renew mini-retreat. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

It’s harvest time on the Prairies for farmers on their combines, and this year for members of Mennonite Church Saskatchewan as they met for their second Refresh, Refocus, Renew... Read More
October 4, 2017
| God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz

Members of Fields of Hope Mennonite Church gather around their new church sign. Celeste Wright, far right, is the congregation’s pastor. (Photo by Alan Laughlin)

Hoffnungsfelder Mennonite Church has a new name. Now known as Fields of Hope Mennonite Church, the congregation once met in three neighbouring communities: Glenbush, Rabbit Lake... Read More
October 4, 2017
| God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz

The new sign in Conrad Grebel University College’s garden, unveiled on Sept. 22, 2017, acknowledges the history of the land in relationship to Indigenous peoples. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Twelve years ago, Conrad Grebel University College planted a black walnut tree and erected a sign marking the 200th anniversary of the arrival in 1805 of the first Mennonite... Read More
October 4, 2017
| God at work in the World | Dave Rogalsky

Niamh Reynolds wants to see students at Columbia Bible College ‘going on a journey with God.’ (Photo courtesy of Niamh Reynolds)

In addition to faculty and staff, student council members can play a key role in shaping campus life at colleges and universities. By advocating for their peers, planning social... Read More
October 4, 2017
| Young Voices | Aaron Epp

‘I would say this to older Christians: Don’t be afraid to offer guidance,’ Gil Dueck says. (Photo courtesy of Columbia Bible College)

Gil Dueck doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all plan for how churches can better engage with the young adults in their congregations, but he has some ideas. While questions about “how... Read More
October 4, 2017
| Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Mennonite Willard Metzger shares a sermon with delegates to the 16th Biennial Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. Metzger is executive director of Mennonite Church Canada. (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada photo)

Serving communion at the 16th Biennial Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) was a profoundly humbling experience for Willard Metzger. “I felt as though... Read More
October 3, 2017
| Web First | Deborah Froese
As the General Board of Mennonite Church Canada anticipates potential change following the Special Assembly, we are reminded of things done, and not done. We are deeply aware of... Read More
September 29, 2017
| Web First | Mennonite Church Canada General Board

Troy Watson, former pastor of Riverdale Mennonite Church, points out into the congregation, naming congregants who had welcomed and discipled him when he began to ministry there 19 years ago. Watson was one of the guests speaking at the congregation’s closing service on Aug. 20, 2017. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

After 71 years of faithful service, Riverdale Mennonite Church closed its doors on Aug. 31, 2017. The building is being taken over by the Berean Community Church, which assumed... Read More
September 20, 2017
| God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky

Wendy Janzen at one of the locations Burning Bush Forest Church has worshipped in Breithaupt Park in Kitchener, Ont. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Imagine deciding on Saturday that you want to begin a new congregation the next day. Then add to that the plan to meet outdoors in Canada on the Sunday between Christmas and New... Read More
September 20, 2017
| God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky

Children, along with their leaders Gabby Martin, far left, and Kerstyn Liddle, far right, participate in MCC Saskatchewan’s 2017 Raise the Peace 2017. (Photo by MCC Saskatchewan)

Summer camp is a great experience for many children. For participants in Raise the Peace Camp, it is an opportunity to have fun while learning about peacebuilding. Raise the Peace... Read More
September 20, 2017
| God at work in the World | Donna Schulz

Cheryl Braun (Photo courtesy of Cheryl Braun)

After 23 good years as a teacher and principal, Cheryl Braun asked herself a simple question: “What does the last part of my career look like?” Would she stay the course or risk... Read More
September 20, 2017
| God at work in Us | Will Braun

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